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Veterans Memorial Pool and Ice Arena

Park Features
Drinking Fountain Grills Ice Rink Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Play Area Restrooms Skate Park Skating Softball/Baseball Swimming Pool Tennis
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Park Pool & Ice Arena​

2150 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 481​03 (directions)
Phone: 734.794.6235
Bill Meeks, Recreation Supervisor

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Veterans Memorial Sports Complex features ​​​the Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool, the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, lit baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a new meeting room, and a park shelter available to rent.

Outdoor Pool
The Veterans Memorial Park Pool features a fan-shaped, zero-depth area with a “raindrop,” interactive water play apparatus, a wheelchair access ramp and a 125-foot waterslide. Minimum height requirement for use of the slide is 42 inches. We offer lounge chairs, picnic area, tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

Admission fees

​3 and under​Free with a paid adult
​Youth ages 4 to 17​$4
​Adult ages 18+​$5
​Senior ages 55+​$4
​10-visit punch pass​$40

Summer Season Pass Pricing

Summer season passes are valid from now through Sept. 4, 2017. Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes. Passes may be purchased at all of the pools, the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center,  or online.
​Preseason pass (purchased before May 30) ​Resident ​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$95​$120
​Regular Pass (purchased after May 30) ​Resident ​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$110​$135
​*The rate is for up to five family members (two adults and three children all living in the same household). Each additional child is $5. ​ ​

Public Swimming

May 27 - June 18:

  • Monday-Friday, 3:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays, noon-7 p.m.

June 19 - Sept. 4:

  • Adult Lap Swimming, Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.
  • Public Swimming, Monday-Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays/holidays, noon-8 p.m.
  • Tot Splash (for children 7 years of age and younger when accompanied by an adult) Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Swim Lessons

Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up. Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Registration will be accepted for any instructional swim class at any of the city pools during any public swim time, by phone or online. 


Veterans Memorial Park Dolphins Swim Team

Be a part of Ann Arbor’s fastest growing swim team - the Dolphins.  Join us for an informational session on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at
Veterans Memorial Park meeting room. Our swim team provides an introduction to team competitive swimming, basic skill development and a strengthening program for more advanced swimmers. We provide an opportunity to compete in up to six swim meets and an area-wide conference meet through the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference. This team is open to anyone ages 5 to 17 years old who can swim at least one length of the pool (front crawl). Swimmers with special needs are encouraged to join. Practices are Monday through Friday mornings. Meets are held Saturday mornings. We offer five practice groups between 7 a.m. and noon starting the week of June 20 and ending the last week of July.
Registration begins Feb. 1, and the per-child fee is $125, resident/$150, nonresident. $10 discount for multi-child registrations.

Private Swim Lessons

Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult, are private lessons, 30-minutes long, and customized to meet the needs of the swimmer. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $15 resident; $18 nonresident. They are offered Monday-Thursday from noon-1 p.m., June 20-Aug. 18. Call 734.794.6235 to register and for additional information.

Saturday Summer Splash Days

Mark your calendar for two fun filled Saturdays: Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 22, 2-4 pm. Our friends and volunteers at GIVE 365 will be at the pool to lead a variety of fun activities and pool games. Join us and see what it’s all about! Pool admission rates apply, but the added fun is free!

Pool and Room rentals

Looking for a fun, affordable location to have a party or get together? We offer rentals of the main pool, tot splash, waterslide or a combination of the three. Prices range from $50/hour to $215/hour, based on pool choice/residency. Call 734.794.6235. The newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park meeting room is available to rent year-round. The room is approximately 718 square feet with a small refrigerator, 65” TV, speakers, connections for laptops, video and other portable devices. The room room features eight tables 6 feet x 2.5 feet and 50 chairs. Fees are $40/per hour, resident; and $50/per hour, nonresident (one hour minimum rental).

Ice Arena

Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena skating season runs from Sept. 12-April 30, 2017. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A concession stand and vending are available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop and we have four hockey locker rooms.

Public Skating

General Skate

Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:20-2:45 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m.

Adult Skate

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Daily Admission

Resident FeeNonresident Fee
Skate rental$3$3

Discount Passes

10 Visits30 Visits
Adult Resident$40$112
Youth/Senior Resident$30$85
Adult Non-Resident$50$142
Youth/Senior Non-Resident$40$112
*All passes expire May 2018, valid at Buhr & Veterans Ice Arenas

Ice Skating Lessons   

The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Instructional Skating Program is an official participant of the Learn to Skate USA Program sponsored by the US Figure Skating Association. This is a series of nationally administered badge tests used to measure skating skills. The tests provide a noncompetitive way of measuring skating skills and a feeling of self-achievement. All students in our kinderskate, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes will be tested on the badge skills and awarded badges when the skills have been successfully completed. Badge testing for adults is optional. All participants will have several chances to demonstrate each skill that must be mastered before moving to the next level. 

*All participants must register with USFSA. A one-time fee of $14 is valid from September through August. The fee must be included with your registration, and can be paid for at the time of registration. 

Skates, Apparel, Helmets

Figure skates are recommended for beginners, however a good pair of hockey skates is acceptable. Skates and helmets are available for use during class at no additional charge. Layering and gloves are recommended. Helmets are required for all beginner/intermediate students (for your safety, no exceptions please). Register early.

Refund Information

No refunds will be given for withdrawing unless requested one week prior to the class beginning, or accompanied by a doctor's note.   


Hockey Leagues

Play is governed by USA Hockey/MAHA regulations. Games are played at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena. No body checking is allowed. The season runs from mid September through late April. The team fee is $6,000. Call 734.794.6235 or email John McGovern to register. Every player must register with USA HOCKEY insurance.


Past Masters Drop-In

For age 55+ or goalies of any age, at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena. Informal play on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. No body
checking is allowed. First 24 players and two goalies per session may attend. Mondays, Sept. 11 - April 23, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14 - April
26, 2:10-3:10 p.m. Fees: $10 per visit or $180 season. Goalies free.

We are proud to host the Dexter Dreadnaught, Pioneer and Huron-Skyline women’s hockey games.
Call 734.794.6235 after Oct. 1 for the 
game schedules.

Rent the Ice Arena

We offer rental opportunities for special events if you’d like to have the arena all to yourself. Regularly scheduled (monthly) hourly

facility rental: Primetime rental resident: $205; nonresident, $260. Primetime is: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Non-prime-time rental resident: $185; nonresidents: $230. One-time facility rentals for parties/special events: Primetime rental resident: $225/nonresident, $280.  Primetime is: 4 p.m.-midnight. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-midnight on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Non-primetime rental resident: $200/nonresident, $250.

Other Park Features

Meeting Room

Looking for a place to host a birthday party, meeting or event? Check out the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room!​ Features include seating for up to 40 people, 65" television, DVD player, sound system, dry erase board, connections for a laptop, wireless internet, and more!  Rental fees are $40/hour for Ann Arbor residents and $50/hour for nonresidents. Call 734.794.6235​ for more information or to reserve the room. You can also click ​here​ to find additional room rental information online.

​​​​Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and​ Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office broke ground in 2013 on a 30,000-square-foot, world class facility that is free for the public to use and now open at Veterans Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Road). Skateboarders will enjoy features such as kidney pools from 5 to 9.5 feet deep, a snake run, clover and flow bowls and a rock ride. ​ 

Ann Arbor Skatepark Rules
(Posted at three entrances to the skatepark)
1. Bicycles are not allowed.
2. Wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards is strongly recommended and should be used at all times. Know your ability and skate accordingly.
3.The following items and activities are prohibited: - Littering - Glass Containers - Alcoholic Beverages - Vending - Radios or Boom Boxes
4. The Skatepark will be open during 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The City of Ann Arbor, no-trespassing ordinance will be enforced after the park is closed. 
5. Graffiti in the Skatepark is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Please keep all park surfaces clean as graffiti will close the park for paint removal.
6. The Skatepark has been designed for all skill levels. Please be courteous to other people using the facility and all other park patrons. 
7. All general regulations for Parks of Chapter 39 of the Ann Arbor City Code apply.